Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka

Kandy – The Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka Kandy was my first impression of a Sri Lankan city.  Compared to Colombo, Kandy is a quaint little city that is a very popular tourist attraction both for foreigners and Sri Lankans.  This is mainly due to the “Temple of the Tooth”, another UNESCO World Heritage site where “supposedly” a tooth from Buddha is housed.  I say “supposedly”, as I remain a bit skeptical after witnessing it all haha.  Kandy also has a man-made lake near the center of the town which…

The Dambulla Cave Temples

The Dambulla Cave Temples

As I had mentioned in my previous post, due to time restraints, I did not plan to spend any time in Colombo, the capital city.  My first planned destination was the Cultural Triangle.  I planned to base myself in the small town of Sigiriya, so I would be close to the UNESCO heritage site, Sigiriya Rock, as well as have some peace and quiet.  Dambulla isn’t a large city by any means, but what I’ve learned thus far travelling in Asia is that I much prefer the smaller towns over…

Chinese New Year and Monks Almsgiving Ritual in Chiang Mai

Chinese New Year and Monks Almsgiving Ritual in Chiang Mai

Chinese New Year and Monks Almsgiving Ritual in Chiang Mai On February 8th, was the start of the Chinese New Year, the year of the monkey.  I’m a little embarrassed to say that I never ventured to Chicago’s Chinatown in my 3 years of living there.  Thailand has a huge population of Chinese people, as well as being a very popular tourist destination for Chinese travelers as well.  Chiang Mai is known for having great festivities to celebrate, so I decided to check it out. Around 6pm I left my…

Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Chiang Mai

Buddhist Meditation Retreat in Chiang Mai

I had heard about an overnight introduction to a Buddhist meditation retreat in Chiang Mai by a local Buddhist University.  Always looking to try something new and experience the local culture, I researched further into it and decided to give it a try.  It is only held once a week, starting on Tuesday at 1pm, and ending around 4pm the following day.  Luckily, I had planned to head back from Pai Tuesday morning, so it fit perfectly into my schedule. To be perfectly honest, I did not know much about…